In honor of International Literacy Day on September 8th, Cas-ual Fridays is presenting a challenge to create a CAS card that’s inspired by a book – but there’s a slight catch. You also have to use the colors black, white and red.

After giving this challenge some thought, I decided to make a card based on one of my all-time favorite books, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  I figured since fall is approaching, it was appropriate to have red leaves.  Instead of pulling out my distressing tool, I roughed the edges of the focal panel with my thumbnail to distress them just a little bit.  I chose the sentiment for two reasons – it relates how Francie felt after one of the other characters died (I don’t want to give away too much of the story for anyone who hasn’t read it!), and because I wanted to make another “missing you” themed card for Operation Write Home. I used textured cardstock for the card base to add a little extra visual interest.

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Stamps: Branch Out, Three Little Words (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White textured (SU)
Ink: Real Red (SU); Onyx Black (VersaFine)

9 Responses to “black, white and read all over”

  1. Your card is beautiful. The distressing was a perfect touch.

  2. Fabulous card–love it!

  3. I remember that book having a great effect on me when I was younger … gorgeous translation into your card.

  4. Beautiful card. So crisp and clean. Great job with the challenge.

  5. So beautiful! What a fabulous take on your inspiration :) Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

  6. Hi, Patricia! I REALLY love the images with this striking color combo1 Your distressed edges and layering are absolutely perfect! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays! Hope to see more of your fabulous work!

  7. Wow what a beautiful card!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

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